Governor Bob McDonnell and the State Board of Education announced today that Boyce Elementary School earned a 2011 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) award for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program, which was created by the State Board of Education in 2007, recognizes schools and divisions that achieve goals of excellence and far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards.
According to Governor Bob McDonnell, Boyce Elementary School earned the award for its,“high-achieving students and teachers and leaders who are committed to innovation and offering new opportunities for learning.”
Boyce Principal, Susan Catlett, reached at her desk at 5pm Thursday, attributed the award to the Boyce School community.
“I am so proud of the students, staff and parents who support our school,” Catlett said.
“These recognitions complement the Commonwealth’s accountability program by recognizing performance that far exceeds minimum state and federal standards,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright.
Boyce earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) program based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2009-2010 school year, including all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.
Catlett said that the Boyce staff has made a commitment to continuous improvement which makes a difference in the overall educational experience at the school. “When something needs attention we try to design an intervention plan then work toward the solution. It really just takes a lot of hard work and commitment day in and day out.”
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael F. Murphy, remarked that the, “Students, staff, and parents of Boyce Elementary School should once again be proud of their achievements. In fact, every student, staff member, and parent should be proud not only of Boyce, but of the amazing things that we do in each and every classroom for the students of the Clarke County Public Schools.” Governor Kaine also recognized Boyce Elementary School as a high performing Virginia public school in January of 2010.
Visitors to Boyce Elementary are often quick to notice the positive environment that seems to fill the school. Much of that positiveness is attributable to Catlett who described her leadership style as always trying to see the glass half full.
“I really try to approach all of life by focusing on what is positive and what is working,” Catlett said. “We’re constantly looking at our data and evaluating what works and what doesn’t work. Many of our staff members have been here for many years and enjoy working together. It’s really a family atmosphere.”